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10-02-2012, 16:25   #1
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Postgrad in Edinburgh

Just have 2 quick questions.....

Any advice on writing a personal statement when applying to a taught masters?? Im trying to avoid it reading like a biography of sorts. How much should I include on the academic side and how much personal stuff should be in it?

Also from what i can see, theres no way to get a grant for a postgrad course in scotland??? or am i hopefully wrong?
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15-02-2012, 13:58   #2
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Also from what i can see, theres no way to get a grant for a postgrad course in scotland??? or am i hopefully wrong?
There's funding available for PhD's and some research Masters. However if it's a taught Master's there is no general Scottish funding available. There may be course, department or university specific funding (everywhere is different) but it's quite competitive and fairly rare.
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06-03-2012, 18:39   #3
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Hey there,

In terms of writing a statement I guess it depends on what course you are applying for but what I did was include a lot of background on the modules I've studied that would be of assistance in the Masters. I only included a little bit on the personal side although I had to include a lot about volunteering. What is important is to show that you have been working towards this Masters, that you haven't jsut decided to do it on a whim so if you have anything that can show that, then it would look good I think.

About the funding, I am actually trying to find this out too but from what I have seen to date, there is funding if you are doing a health science course.

Good luck with it all.
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13-03-2012, 00:15   #4
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Hey guys,

Im starting the PGDE in Edinburgh in September. I'm also finding it hard to find info on funding and support. I know the Scottish government won't pay maintenence, but can us Irish students apply for a student loan like most students do over there?
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Hey guys,

Im starting the PGDE in Edinburgh in September. I'm also finding it hard to find info on funding and support. I know the Scottish government won't pay maintenence, but can us Irish students apply for a student loan like most students do over there?
A postgraduate is not eligible for the government backed student loan system which is specifically for undergraduates. So the short answer is no.

You could apply for a career development loan from a bank (I think HSBC are pretty good for this) but these have become harder and harder to get.
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Thanks for the response. The PGCE is adminsitered int he same way undergrad degress are, its an exception to the postgrad rule, afaik. So while I was hoping loans would still be available, having done a bit more research, it seems tuition fees are paid, but I can't apply for a loan unless I've lived in England three years. Seems I'll be knocking on banks doors this summer.
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Thanks for the response. The PGCE is adminsitered int he same way undergrad degress are, its an exception to the postgrad rule, afaik. So while I was hoping loans would still be available, having done a bit more research, it seems tuition fees are paid, but I can't apply for a loan unless I've lived in England three years. Seems I'll be knocking on banks doors this summer.
I was just wondering where did u find out that tutition fees are paid for?
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